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If You Wish to Preach Edifying Sermons 1 Reply

If You Wish to Preach Edifying SermonsW. Laible writes, on Matth. 9 : 36, — “Scattered, famished and utterly helpless — so Jesus found city-dwellers and country folk among whom He journeyed. They…Continue

Started by Suzee. Last reply by Rev. Alan J. Wollenburg Jul 9, 2014.

Preach the Gospel With Eagerness 1 Peter 5:2 1 Reply

1 Peter 5:2 shepherd the flock of God among you, exercisingoversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according tothe will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; * * *Christ is…Continue

Started by Suzee. Last reply by Don Whitbeck Aug 15, 2012.

Teach Everything

Teach EverythingTuesday of Pentecost 53 July 2012Psalm 103:1-14 Before God all sins are equally damning. They all demand repentance and can only be healed by the merits of God's eternal Son, our Lord…Continue

Started by Suzee Aug 9, 2012.

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Comment by Rev. Alan J. Wollenburg on December 19, 2008 at 9:03pm
So, OK, I'll join up, but I rarely write out my sermons except after I have preached them. There was a time when that was not my usual practice but it is now. It is not a matter of being sloppy. It is just how it works for me now. Nowadays I only print out a sermon if I am asked to do so. Since sermons are usually prepared to be heard, I think that is the proper medium for sharing, too. To that end, I post the Divine Service from our Church every week as a sound file on my Wittenberg Trail page. May the Lord bless all Lutheran pastors to clearly lift up Christ and Him crucified and risen again.
Comment by Rev. Clint K. Poppe on December 20, 2008 at 6:34am
While I enjoy reading sermons, I agree that sermons are generally to be heard. We have over three years worth of audio files on our church web site and I am amazed at the number of people who "listen in" with us.

Comment by Norm Fisher on December 20, 2008 at 6:58am
Pastor Poppe: I am opposite with you .. I simply can't understand the desire to post audio of things like sermons; I sometimes do like to listen to get an idea of how a particular pastor delivers his sermons, but I much prefer reading a sermon over listening to it. I frankly don't usually have time to sit down to listen to things; when I do I'm usually doing one or two other things at the same time, so my attention drifts. If I read it I am putting my full attention to what I'm reading.
Comment by Rev. Clint K. Poppe on December 20, 2008 at 7:14am
We post the audio of the entire divine service or prayer office, which includes the sermon. We have many folks around the world who worship with us on a regular basis via the internet. Some may be in a corner of the world where English Lutheran worship services are hard if not impossible to find. Others may desire a more faithful/confessional/liturgical worship than they have access to. Others just skip the first 15-20 minutes and go to the sermon. We average about 10,000 hits a month to the sermon section of our web site.
Comment by Rev. Clint K. Poppe on December 20, 2008 at 7:15am
I'll wait a few days before I post my thoughts on what makes a sermon distinctively "Lutheran."
Comment by Doris Volker on December 20, 2008 at 7:21am
Pastor Poppe,
I have listened to your services. I'd much rather listen than read! I'm pretty much home bound, although my son takes me to DS. Your service is a Blessing through the week. Thank You!
Comment by Rev. Clint K. Poppe on December 20, 2008 at 7:28am
You are most welcome! Thanks for the feedback as well. Blessed last few days of Advent and a Christ filled Christmas as well! Matthew 1:21
Comment by Norm Fisher on December 20, 2008 at 7:49am
Pastor Poppe: Was that comment a reaction to my statement about audio v.s. reading? If so, then saying how many visitors doesn't negate my statement; sure, lots of people may visit your site and listen, but there are all kinda of learners. I'm not an audio learner primarily -- I'm a visual/reading learner. I'm sure you are aware of the different learning types that people fit into.
Comment by Rev. Clint K. Poppe on December 20, 2008 at 7:56am
No reaction at all, just letting you know that some folks do indeed like to listen. I am an ink on paper guy myself and as I peck away right now I am surrounded by over a dozen books (including two sermon books by Luther) in various stages of reading... thank God we are not all the same!
Comment by Suzee on December 20, 2008 at 8:48am
Please visit Eric Rapp's Page and listen to his song "Preacher Man". I'm sure you will enjoy.


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